The skill of public-speaking is the ability to convey an idea through engaging an audience. Public-speaking skills are not only useful for public presentations, but can provide the confidence to skillfully and successfully interview for a job. Good, informative topics abound for the college student seeking an interesting subject to present in a communication skills course.
How to Do or Make Something
How-to topics are ideal for a speech presentation for a communications class. The use of discreetly labeled props can help lower anxiety. For example, for "how to bake a cherry pie," provide the steps required in the recipe, along with recipe ingredients. Sharing a prepared pie with the class is also a fun and innovative way to talk about the topic.
How Something Works
Explaining how something works provides specific steps in preparing a speech. For example, how a dam generates electricity provides a built-in organization for your presentation. The subject is interesting and has the capacity to engage a peer audience for the required length of a prepared speech.
Life Styles of the Famous or Infamous
Engage the audience through a speech about an admired person. Martin Luther King, Jr. or John Fitzgerald Kennedy are both interesting people about whom a speech could be presented. Choose someone who may be less known or discuss less familiar accomplishments, such as Helen Keller as an outspoken socialist and very well-educated woman. Mother Jones is also an interesting biographical choice. Mother Jones was well in her 80s when she traveled the country, speaking out against child labor.
Bring History to Light and Life
Decide on a little-known aspect of history, such as the Betsy Ross myth or the history of comic books. The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, while obscure, can be interesting. Choose a point in time and recount the events that made an incident memorable.
Persuading the Audience
Take a political, controversial or tongue-in-cheek stance on a subject. Order the speech in the same way a persuasive essay is written, with an introduction, three arguments for your thesis and a call to action in the conclusion.
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